No more “lose the last 5 pounds”
No more “finally get in shape”
No more “cut out sugar… for real this time”
The other week, I went with a friend to a Japanese bath house. If you’ve never been to one before, it looks a lot like a spa, with massage rooms and soft music and lavender scented everything. But the main space is the communal bath area.
This topic has been showing up for me in my life, and in the lives of those I love, repeatedly the past few weeks.
What does this mean?
How do we embody it?
How do we act on it with conviction?
We often try to take on life’s biggest challenges by ourselves.
We try to tough it out alone, keep things under the radar, and sweep our shit under the rug before anyone notices that it’s come up.
“Suck in your stomach, ladies!”
I remember hearing my female friends say this while we were taking photos together and it always bothered me. I used to think they were crazy to think that they needed to look skinnier for a picture, or that they could possibly impress someone by having a flatter stomach…who cares?
Food restriction. It’s something that so many women struggle with, and yet very few people talk about it – probably because there is so much shame around this behavior that we all try to pass it off as “healthy” or “clean” eating.
“I don’t do carbs. Sugar pretty much causes cancer, anyway.”
“I’m vegan now. I don’t need any of that fatty stuff.”...
This blog post is partially recycled from a previous mini-course that I ran earlier this year called “Embrace Your Bod”. One focus of that program was how to transform negative body talk.
I wanted to bring this back around because SO many women are struggling with speaking kindly to their body, especially at the beginning of the intuitive eating journey.
Very few people in my life know about my history with chronic pain, for a few reasons. Partly because I dealt with it for a long time from a very young age and therefore was very used to it, and partly because I hated the response I would get from almost everyone. The confusion, the disbelief, and more than anything - pity...